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Directly Speaking

One of the key elements that continue to make Peninsula so special is the support that we get from all of our students, families, and friends. I welcome your comments and suggestions about our Center. Our exceptional staff provides the highest quality program that you have all grown to expect. I hope that those of you who had conferences with your child’s teacher in November found it helpful. What has impressed me about our teachers is that they are not satisfied to maintain the status quo but are always looking at innovative ways to improve their classes.

We also continue to need your input on telling us about things that you think are successful, and about things that you feel that we can improve on. Please use the suggestion boxes that are at all three campuses and don’t hesitate to contact me at ken@penchild.org, or come see me at my office right next to the Toddler room at the Maryland campus. Our goal is to provide your children the best possible experience. The strength of our program lies not only in the staff, and our board, but in your children, and YOU our family members.

Our Board of Directors under the strong leadership of Joan Corella continues to provide us guidance and vision for our Center. The past several months our newly formed Family Involvement Committee has had a great turnout of parents and family members. Some of you might have attended the “Happy Hour” the committee hosted. It was for families of Infants, Wobblers, and Toddlers. The committee meets the first Tuesday of every month from 5-6 at the Maryland campus. Those who attend will be entered in a drawing for a free enrollment to our monthly Parents Night Out / Kids Night In. The meetings are open to all family members. We hope you can attend!! Please note that you can find up-to-date information about events and happenings at the Center by visiting the calendar on our website.

Our Sabin and Boise-Eliot programs have been working together as they make preparations for this year’s Peninsula’s school age summer camp. The camp again will be held at Sabin Elementary School. We have put together a full summer program that I’m sure you will find fun and stimulating for your child. Information and registration forms will be available this month. Registration will be on a first come first served basis. Camp is open to all students ages 5 - 12 years old. To attend you don’t have to be enrolled in our before and after school programs, or be a student at Boise or Sabin……so tell your friends!!


Notes from Amber and Tracey, Co-Directors of Education

February is National Dental Awareness month. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Healthy teeth are important to your child's overall health. From the time your child is born, there are things you can do to promote healthy teeth and prevent cavities. For babies, you should clean teeth with a soft, clean cloth or baby's toothbrush. Avoid putting the baby to bed with a bottle and check teeth regularly for spots or stains. For all children, you should: brush teeth with a fluoride toothpaste, provide healthy foods and limit sweet snacks and drinks, and schedule regular dental check-ups.

Here at Peninsula Children’s Center we promote dental health by providing healthy foods and avoiding sugary foods. In our preschool program the children brush their teeth and use fluoride tablets to promote healthy dental habits. Here is a website link for a fun dental activity that you can do with your child http://www.crest.com/crest-kids/eggsperiment.aspx.

Sabin Site Notes

In January at Sabin we have been working on our Eurasia poster, talking about civil rights activists and learning about the Hopi Powamu festival.  Students are coloring flags and animals from Europe and Asia. We read a book together discussing civil rights activists and had an interesting discussion at our class meeting one day about why some people are famous for their actions while others do not gain the same recognition for the same acts. We have also been discussing Katchina and their importance in Hopi culture as well as planting beans in honor of the Powamu festival.

In February we will hopefully finish Eurasia and move on to Australia. We will do Valentine's Day crafts and celebrate Black History Month. On Fridays we have been doing a group activity instead of quiet homework time, and I plan to add more science experiments and investigations into this time.  

The T.I.C.K.E.T system is holding up and two students have already decided to save up T.I.C.K.E.T.s to be director for the day. That seems to work out for them and for everyone else in the class who gets the benefit of their changed rules and schedules.

Since Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, we are hoping for more of these sunny and warmer days so we can spend more time outside.  We are already making big plans for Spring Break and Summer - you can see our summer schedule here: http://penchild.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Summer-Camp-Schedule-2013.pdf. Please start thinking about whether or not your child will attend.  Happy February!

Abby Scott
Site Director Sabin Before / After School Program

Boise-Elliot Site Notes

February is a very short and busy month. In the month of February we celebrate Black
History month discussing the accomplishments of famous African American people.
We are all celebrating President’s Day discussing the important role of a President in our
country. Our program will be closed on February 18, 2013, for a staff training day. There
will also be a 2 hour late start morning on February 20, 2013. We will be having a RED
party on February 14, 2013.


This summer we will once again combine our two school-age programs into one School Age Summer Camp at Sabin Elementary School! You can see our summer schedule here: http://penchild.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Summer-Camp-Schedule-2013.pdf. We'll offer 2-day, 3-day, 5-day and drop in options on a weekly and monthly basis. Please start thinking about whether or not your child will attend and sign up at your earliest convenience.

Francine Alexander
Site Director Boise Eliot Before / After School Program

Return of the Free Table!

The first Monday and Tuesday of each month the Parent Involvement Committee will organize and set up “Free Table” items in the front lobby, giving you and your children the opportunity to "shop" for free! The clothes are sorted by size and have been donated by Peninsula families and board members. On Tuesday evenings after the parent involvement meeting the remaining items will be donated to a local charity such as Goodwill.


Like Peninsula? Show your friends on Facebook!

Did you know that Peninsula Children's Center has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PeninsulaChildrensCenter? Please "like" our page and visit frequently to see pictures, announcements and updates. We try to post several times each week.

Coming soon: streamlined options to pay your bill

Peninsula Children's Center is excited to announce that we're working with our family data and accounting system Procare to offer Tuition Express. This automatic payment processing is safe, convenient and easy. We will be offering four new ways to pay your bill: online payments, credit card swipe, recurring credit card payments and recurring bank-to-bank transactions. You will also be able to check your balance online and sign up to receive free email payment notifications. Our administrative team is in the process of receiving training on this automatic payment processing system, and we are excited to unveil it to you in the near future, so stay tuned!

Next Parent "Happy Hour" is Monday, February 25, 4:00 - 5:30

This event is open to all adults - parents, grandparents, caregivers - of children of all ages enrolled in Peninsula Children's Center. Please join us for light refreshments, find out more about the Family Involvement Committee, and meet other parents.

Calendar of events

Monday, February 18 Staff Training / Prep Day – ALL SITES CLOSED
Monday, February 25
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Family "Happy Hour"
Monday, March 4
Tuesday, March 5
March "free table" days